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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | SEPTEMBER 07, 2011 7:20 AM

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New student activity fees concerning

I have a major concern as not only a student of the University of Iowa but also a member of the Iowa City/Coralville community. Throughout my involvement at the UI, one great outlet for not only students but also community members has been the use of the Field House Recreational Center.

From the perspective of one who has been a part of many different student organizations, the Field House has provided a great location for not just a workout space but also for sharing the various activities provided by the many student groups. In the past year, with the building of the new Recreational Center, a new policy has surfaced, which, along with higher student fees, has now forced the community to pay for any involvement with the university's student groups.

After speaking with a representative of Recreational Services, it was stated that the idea behind this change was a higher focus on student involvement. However, I do not see how restricting the community from becoming involved will further the involvement of the students. Much of what makes many activities appealing is being able to see the success of the group in general, which these new fees are now hindering in great masses. I know for a fact that one great student group that has brought many communities together across the nation as well as the students themselves has been forced to move its location simply due to this fact. Another group that I have more recently become involved with is also a victim of these restrictions. Though it may be common sense, it still must be stated that it appears the only thing driving much of this university is profit. How can anyone give to something that doesn't reciprocate?

Christopher Dunlay
UI graduate student


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